Aria International Summer Academy
Advanced Music Studies
2024 Season - Mihai Tetel, Director
About the Program
Program Information for the Intensive Sessions

The two sessions are designed to provide an intensive and in-depth experience for serious students aged 16-28.

Each participant receives eight 45-minute lessons during a two-week session and has the opportunity to perform in several masterclasses.

Please note: All participants receive instruction through private lessons and/or master classes from all teachers for their instrument in any given session.

All participants will be sent a list of suggested repertoire to prepare several weeks before the beginning of the program in order to fully take advantage of what the program has to offer.

While most of the masterclasses are repertoire-based, some masterclasses explore various technique and/or musicianship issues. Participants can offer to play in several repertoire-based masterclasses for which they feel prepared. All participants can take part in the masterclasses that deal with technique and/or musicianship.

In addition to the private lessons and masterclasses all participants will be able to take part in a Talk to the Pros class (one in each session). Those classes will provide a forum for faculty and students to get together and discuss career issues, competitions, auditions, and intelligent practice strategies.

Masterclasses are 2 hours long.

Here are the specific topics for the 2024 masterclasses, with the date and name of each faculty member who teaches each masterclass:

VIOLIN - Session 1

June 20: Brahms sonatas (Bowlin)
June 21: Iberian music: Sarasate, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Ravel, Kreisler (Zazofsky)
June 22: Meaning and creativity in phrasing (Bowlin)
June 23: "Occasional" Bach: Loure, Andante, and Largo movements (Zazofsky)
June 24: Virtuosity pieces (Murseanu)
June 25: Etudes and caprices (Lewis)
June 26: Beethoven sonatas, concerto, romances (Murseanu)
June 27: Tone production (Lewis)
June 28: Orchestral excerpts: one by Mozart and another one own choice (Lewis)
June 29: Elements of Classical style in Mozart, Haydn, and early Beethoven (Lansdale)
June 30: Shifting (Lewis)
July 1: Bach: hypometer and swing (Lansdale)
July 2: Duo repertoire (Lewis)
July 3: The music of Fritz Kreisler (Lewis)

VIOLIN - Session 2

July 7: DeBeriot and beyond: French violin works (Grossman)
July 8: From Bach to Ysaye: solo violin works (Yon)
July 9: Appealing arpeggio playing (Grossman)
July 10: Romantic concerti (Yon)
July 11: Stunning spiccato and sautille (Grossman)
July 12: Mozart concerti: drama, articulation, dynamics (Yon)
July 13: Vibrato variations (Grossman)
July 14: The music of Fritz Kreisler (Grossman)
July 15: Building blocks: scales, etudes, caprices (Jolles)
July 16: Go for Baroque: how to approach Baroque era pieces (Grossman)
July 17: Practice now, Netflix later: maximizing your practice time (Jolles)
July 18: The Somatic violinist (Grossman)
July 19: The U-shaped bow (Jolles)
July 20: Orchestral excerpts class (Grossman)

FLUTE – Session 1

June 20: The Do's and Don'ts of the Mozart concerti (Keeble)
June 21: Bach - Partitas and Sonatas (Still)
June 22: Mozart at the Opera - an inside look at the Mozart concerti expositions (Keeble)
June 23: Bach through Stravinsky - convening symphonic style (Still)
June 24: The lyrical flutist - Brahms 4th Symphony and L'Apres Midi d'un Faun by Debussy (Keeble)
June 25: To wobble or not to wobble - vibrato and how to get the right spin (Still)
June 26: Expressivity and color in Poem by Griffes (Keeble)
June 27: Sound and lyrical line (Boyd)
June 28: Double tongue mastery - Saint-Saens Voliere and Mendelssohn Scherzo (Keeble)
June 29: General repertoire (Boyd)
June 30: The virtuoso orchestral flute - Beethoven's Leonore Overture, Stravinsky's Firebird, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (Keeble)
July 1: Mock orchestral auditions, flute & clarinet combined (Keeble, Boyd, Patterson)
July 2: Mock orchestral auditions, flute & clarinet combined (Keeble, Boyd, Patterson)
July 3: 20th Century French composers: Dutilleux, Enesco, Jolivet, Debussy, Franck (Boyd)

FLUTE – Session 2

July 7: Exploring character in Mozart concerti (Goldman)
July 8: Ravel - Daphins et Chloe (Toote)
July 9: An in-depth exploration of Syrinx by Debussy (Goldman)
July 10: Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev (Toote)
July 11: The trouble with Bach and why we should play it every day (Goldman)
July 12: Mock orchestra audition (Toote/Goldman)
July 13: Piccolo class - big challenges come in small packages (Toote)
July 14: Flute music by French composers (Shin)
July 15: Extended techniques (Barth)
July 16: Playing the music BETWEEN the notes (Shin)
July 17: Baroque performance practices (Barth)
July 18: 20th Century composers (Shin)
July 19: Telemann Fantasies (Barth)
July 20: General repertoire (Shin)


June 20: Schumann Fantasy Pieces (Samuels)
June 21: Brahms sonatas (Samuels)
June 22: Pops and Youth concerts: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (Samuels)
June 23: The final round: Kodaly's Dances from Galanta, Respighi's Pines of Rome, Stravinsky's Firebird, Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony (Samuels)
June 24: Copland Concerto (de Guise-Langlois)
June 25: Rose etudes (Kang)
June 26: Rossini - Introduction, Theme, and Variations (de Guise-Langlois)
June 27: Weber concerti (Kang)
June 28: Mozart Concerto for auditions (Patterson)
June 29: Operatic orchestral excerpts: Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Puccini's Tosca, Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Patterson)
June 30: How to untangle the Nielsen Concerto (Fiterstein)
July 1: Mock orchestral auditions, flute & clarinet combined (Keeble, Boyd, Patterson)
July 2: Mock orchestral auditions, flute & clarinet combined (Keeble, Boyd, Patterson)
July 3: Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rock (Fiterstein)

CELLO - Session 1

June 20: Brahms cello sonatas (Mark)
June 21: Bow technique for Baroque repertoire (Carrai)
June 22: Breaking down difficult passages (Mark)
June 23: Dance movements of the Bach suites (Carrai)
June 24: Romantic concerto class #1 (Tetel)
June 25: Preludes of the Bach Suites (Fonteneau)
June 26: Romantic concerto class #2 (Tetel)
June 27: Music by French composers (Fonteneau)
June 28: The works of Robert Schumann (Uchimura)
June 29: How to bring out character in Beethoven sonatas (Tetel)
June 30: Challenges when performing slow, lyrical pieces (Tetel)
July 1: Hot spots in the Haydn concerti (Baldwin)
July 2: General repertoire class (Tetel)
July 3: Deep dive into the 12 Piatti caprices (Baldwin)

CELLO - Session 2

July 7: The works of Robert Schumann (Tetel)
July 8: General repertoire (Tetel)
July 9: Saint-Saens Concerto #1 (Uchimura)
July 10: Solo Bach: incorporating Baroque performance practices in our playing (Tetel)
July 11: Elgar Concerto (Uchimura)
July 12: Shifting (York)
July 13: How to choose the appropriate bow speed and vibrato intensity to maximize character (Tetel)
July 14: Popper etudes (York)
July 15: Haydn concerti (York)
July 16: Brahms sonatas (Balderston)
July 17: Should we always play what is on the page? (Tetel)
July 18: The magic of sound...or is it? (Balderston)
July 19: Works by Russian composers (Tetel)
July 20: Orchestral excerpts (Balderston)